Listening For Footsteps (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Lieut. R.S. Yegerlehner (MC) USNR
Navy 133
USN Base Hosp. #4
F.P.O. San Francisco Calif.
Feb. 7, 1944

Dear Mother,

Writing of dates this really marks the one date looked forward to but why? Anyway maybe we can be a little more expecting now but I don’t know exactly why. Again I don’t see why I’m writing this because after all I’m not even expressing well what I want to say.

Today is so much more calm than yesterday – with only a few clouds and very little wind but still cool if not right out in the sun. All the land of this place is near the ocean so I suppose the ocean breezes keep things cooled off. Probably John has read all of that in the National Geographic. I’ll have to read those when I get back to see if they are

[page 2] anything like the places I’ve seen.

I think Lentz is doing some laundry this P.M. He just asked me if I’d be willing to help him and of course I answered in the negative in a positive way. He still kids as much as he used to only there are more around now to kid than when just he & I were together at Norfolk.

The picture tonite is “How Green Was My Valley” a good picture but I’ve seen it once before. I may go again but that one as I remember is a little on the sad side and twice is once too often. I didn’t go to the show last night because I was on duty and had to spend the time at other places.

Yes it’s about time for me to bring in that usual sentence – no mail yet today but there is still a little time. I hope I can say later that some has arrived

[page 3] as I sit here trying to think of something to write I keep listening for footsteps down the hall way which might sound like the fellow bringing mail but up to now they have all been fellow officers just looking for mail or someone going to the ice-box across the way for a cold glass of water or something else they might have placed in there to keep from spoiling. However most of the things kept there are not very prone to spoil even in the hottest of weather. Things such as coke and things like that there.

If your mail is as slow as mine, and I have a feeling it is – this won’t reach you much before time to file income tax blanks, but and I’m not saying anything about that business at all this year – just do what you and Agnes think best. I gave you the figures some time ago and

[page 4] that it that. I guess you will get along with the assessor this year also. It seems you had no trouble with him last year whoever he was and still is or have they changed since last year.

This last part sounds very business-like but I just happened to think. I believe most of the fellows have not paid their Income tax – however a few have. Maybe we all didn’t get the word or maybe we all did get the word. I’m not sure anyway that is the way most are doing.

So far as far as mail is concerned it’s a total black out but there still may be a wee little chance. Anyway I’m all out of writing material and I don’t mean ink & paper –



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1 thought on “Listening For Footsteps (Roscoe)

  1. davidmadison1942

    “…of course I answered in the negative in a positive way.” 🙂

    “and things like that there.” I haven’t heard this in years! ….but then again, it was only my dad who said it.

    “I guess you will get along with the assessor this year also.” I remember when the assessor used to come to the house.


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